Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQ

Who is Driftwood Capital?

Driftwood Capital is a vertically integrated commercial real estate investment, development, and lending platform specializing in hospitality.

The principals of Driftwood Capital boast a 30+ year track record transacting on more than $6 billion in hospitality assets through various affiliated management and ownership entities. Driftwood Capital’s ever-growing syndicated investor network has expanded to more than 1200 investors comprised of high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and institutional investors across the globe.

Driftwood Capital benefits from the principals’ affiliation with Driftwood Hospitality Management (“DHM”), which currently manages over 70 full- and limited-service hotels with more than 13,000 rooms under management across 22 states.  DHM is regarded by many as a long-standing industry leader and best-in-class operator.

How does Driftwood Capital differentiate itself from other hotel owners, operators, and developers?
  • 100% Invested: We only invite accredited investors to co-invest alongside us once we have either acquired a hotel, secured the land and financing to develop a hotel, or funded a mezzanine loan. In other words, our dollars come first.
  • Aligned Interests: We are invested in each deal alongside you as we maintain at least a 10% ownership stake.
  • Institutional Quality: We provide accredited investors access to investment opportunities traditionally reserved for institutional investors.
  • Above-Market Returns: Investors typically receive any quarterly distributions from day one, with annual returns historically between 7% and 10% and 15%+ XIRR.
  • Personalized Portfolio: Investors create their own investment portfolio by selecting the deals that appeal to them.
Does Driftwood Capital co-invest in the deals?

Yes, we believe in every deal we offer. Thus, we put our dollars before inviting accredited investors to join us. Additionally, we typically retain a minimum of 10% ownership in each deal and have a tiered incentive structure to help maximize alignment with investors.

Investment Process

Is there an investment minimum?

Yes, generally the minimum investment is $50,000 for each deal.

How often are distributions paid?

Any distributions are expected to be paid from operating cash flow at the project GP's discretion, generally 30 days after the quarter closes.

How does Driftwood Capital’s business model work?

Driftwood Capital purchases cash-flowing hotels, land for development, or funds loans with its own capital before syndicating to accredited investors. In the case of acquisitions, Driftwood Capital generally engages its affiliated management company, Driftwood Hospitality Management, to help streamline operations and improve performance. The company typically maintains a minimum of 10% ownership in each deal. Based on historical performance, investors are expected to receive 7-10% annual returns and an XIRR in excess of 15%.

Investor Relations

How does Driftwood Capital update investors about their investments?

A fundamental pillar of Driftwood Capital’s value proposition and success is an experienced Investor Relations team that seeks to deliver timely, accurate and transparent information to all investors. We have a dedicated, in-house Investor Relations team that is available to address current or potential investors’ questions or concerns. Additionally, investors are expected to receive quarterly reports on individual hotels’ operating and financial performance issued 30 days after the quarter closes. Finally, Driftwood Capital’s Investor Portal — — further differentiates us from commercial real estate peers and provides investors 24/7 access to their investment from anywhere in the world via secure technology. The portal also houses encrypted access to open investments and tax documents.

What tax documents does Driftwood Capital provide?

We typically provide all investors with a Schedule K-1 for their respective investment in any Driftwood-sponsored investment. Schedule K-1 is an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax form issued annually that reports each partner's share of a partnership's earnings, losses, deductions, and credits.

What documents are required to invest with Driftwood Capital?

We provide all investors with a Schedule K-1 for their respective investment in any Driftwood-sponsored investment. Schedule K-1 is an Internal Revenue Service. The following documentation is required by Driftwood Capital for compliance purposes:

Investing as an individual with one subscriber

  • Valid, unexpired government issued ID
  • IRS Form W-9
  • Valid investor accreditation letter
  • Completed and executed Subscription Agreement

Investing as an individual with more than one subscriber

  • Valid, unexpired government issued ID
  • IRS Form W-9
  • Valid investor accreditation letter
  • Completed and executed subscription agreement by both investors
  • Given more than one subscriber, the investors MUST SELECT one of the following within the Subscription Agreement:
  • ~Tenants in common
  • ~Joint tenants with rights of survivorship
  • ~ Tenants by the entireties

Investing via Entity (LP, LLC, C-Corp, ot SD IRA)

  • Valid, unexpired government issued ID
  • IRS Form W-9
  • Valid investor accreditation letter
  • Entity’s Articles of Incorporation and Operating Agreement (not necessary if investing via SD IRA)
  • Completed and executed Subscription Agreement

Investing via Trust

  • Valid, unexpired government issued ID
  • IRS Form W-9
  • Valid investor accreditation letter
  • Trust agreement
  • Completed and executed Subscription Agreement

Accreditation Verification

What is an accredited investor?

In the United States, to be considered an accredited investor, individuals must have a net-worth of at least $1,000,000 excluding the value of their primary residence or have a household income of at least $200,000 each year for the last two years (or $300,000 combined income with your spouse or spousal equivalent) and have the expectation to make the same amount this year. The term “accredited investor” is further defined in Rule 501 of Regulation D of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Why do I need to prove I’m an accredited investor?

Deals offered by Driftwood Capital or any of its affiliated funds are typically offered pursuant to SEC exemptions from public registration which require that we verify an investor’s accreditation.

How do I prove I am accredited?

In order to provide Accredited Investor status, you can provide financial statements from a bank/brokerage account showing net assets over $1 million dollars; 2 years of Federal tax Returns or a valid investor accreditation letter from a CPA or an attorney. An alternative would be to visit one of the third-party sites listed below and provide Driftwood Capital with an accreditation letter:

* Driftwood does not accept self-certification of investor accreditation.

What is an investor accreditation verification letter? 

An Accredited Investor Verification Letter is a legal document provided by a qualified accountant, investment advisor, or lawyer who can certify your accreditation. The verification letter is valid for up to 3 months from the date it is executed.

EB-5 Investments

What is the EB-5 Program?

The U.S. Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. It works by linking U.S. businesses looking to raise capital with foreign investors seeking a U.S. visa, creating a system that benefits all parties.

Through a qualifying EB-5 investment, the investor, his/her spouse, and any unmarried children under the age of 21 will be eligible for permanent residence in the U.S. The traditional model used in the industry consists of an investment in a company, which makes a loan to the project for a term of 5 years with annualized interest payments of 2% for the investor. Additionally, Driftwood Capital offers a second investment option qualified to obtain residency as a project partner that is expected to produce projected greater, more equity-like returns.

What are some of the benefits of the EB-5 Visa Program?
  • Qualifying investors, their spouse and their underage children (under 21 years old) will be eligible to receive U.S. lawful, permanent residency
  • No minimum requirements as to age, ability to speak English, employment experience, or education
  • Investor and family may live/work anywhere in the United States. Minor children may obtain employment, subject to age, state and governmental laws and regulations
  • Educational benefits including admission to universities at the same cost as U.S. residents
  • The EB-5 program does not require immigrant investors to manage their investment on a day-to-day basis
  • After five years, the investor and their family may obtainU.S. citizenship, subject to meeting all immigration requirements, as mandated under the law
Where can I review EB-5 laws and regulations?

You can find all the information related to the EB-5 Visa Program in the United States Citizenship and Immigrations Services official website. Visit site

What is the minimum amount of investment required?

The minimum required investment amount for Targeted Employment Areas (TEAs) is $900,000 and it must lead to the creation of 10 full-time jobs for a minimum of two years.

What is a Targeted Employment Area (TEA)?

There are two kinds of TEAs recognized by the USCIS: rural areas and high unemployment areas.

A rural area is any area other than an area within a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) (as designated by the Office of Management and Budget) or within the outer boundary of any city or town having a population of 20,000 or more according to the most recent decennial census of the United States.  

An EB-5 project may receive a TEA designation if the principal location of the project is located in a county or metropolitan location with at least 20,000 residents and experiences at least an unemployment rate of at least 150% of the U.S. national average.

Is there a job creation requirement?

The EB-5 program requires that each investor creates a minimum of 10  full-time jobs for at least 2 years. These jobs can be directly or indirectly created. Direct jobs are formed in the business in which the EB-5 investor invested his/her capital. Indirect jobs are typically created within businesses that supply services or goods to the EB-5 project in question (E.g. construction workers).

Who received a permanent residency with an EB-5 investment?

The investor, his/her spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21.

How long does it take to become a permanent resident?

The process, from the moment the investor makes the at-risk capital investment to the moment it is returned to him/her, takes approximately 5 years.

What type of EB-5 investment models does Driftwood Capital offer?

Driftwood Capital offers two models of investment for EB-5 investors. The Loan Model is the traditional model used in the industry.  It is an investment in a company that makes a loan to the project for a term of 5 years and an annual interest typically in the range of 1% to 2% for the investor.  Additionally, we offer a second investment model, the Equity Model, that is expected to produce greater, more equity-like returns typically in the range of 5% to 8% IRR per year

Must the entire amount of the investment be made at the time of applying for an immigrant visa?

In order to begin the EB-5 immigration process, you must submit evidence that you have invested in or actively in the process of investing in a "for profit" new commercial enterprise that was established as set forth pursuant to EB-5 regulations.

What are the metrics behind your EB-5 program?

Five projects executed successfully; 150 visas approved (100% approval rate); 2,127 jobs created.

Opportunity Zones

What is an Opportunity Zone?

Opportunity Zones were born in a provision of the bipartisan Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017, which was championed by both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress. The concept was first introduced in a 2015 white paper, "Unlocking Private Capital to Facilitate Economic Growth in Distressed areas", by the Economic Innovation Group - a public policy consultancy. The objective is to promote and encourage long-term, capital investment in areas that have experienced uneven economic development and need a boost in job creation and socioeconomic improvement.

How were Opportunity Zones determined?

After the Tax law of 2017 was passed, state Governors were given 90 days to nominate areas that would qualify as Opportunity Zones based on data from U.S. Census tracts. To qualify for an Opportunity Zone designation, these areas had to meet certain criteria in poverty rates, income levels and population density. The U.S. Treasury Department conducts the final certification of an opportunity zone nomination that have experienced uneven economic development and need a boost in job creation and socioeconomic improvement.

Where are the Opportunity Zones?

Currently, there are over 8,700 designated and certified opportunity zones. They are found in all 50 states and other territories including Puerto Rico. Geographic locations include an almost even split across low, medium and high density zip codes. Approximately 31.3 million Americans currently live in opportunity zones.

What are the benefits of Investing in a qualified Opportunity Zone fund?

Investing in a qualified Opportunity Zone fund enables investors with capital gains tax liabilities from previously realized investments to defer owing capital gains taxes on such capital gains until as late as year-end 2026. In addition, any future capital gains generated by the Opportunity Zone investment could be tax-free if the investment in the qualified Opportunity Zone fund is held for at least 10 years. Additionally, these funds will serve to spur economic development in high-potential but underserved communities across the U.S.

Why invest in the Driftwood Opportunity Zone fund?

Our track record of historically delivering market-beating returns to investors and unlocking value in our hotel assets is clear. At present, Driftwood operates or has active investments in nearly 70 hotel properties. We source our own opportunity zone investment projects with an extensive pipeline of shovel ready opportunities. Additionally, as a vertically integrated company, we believe we offer a unique model that allows us to manage the asset and help ensure the highest quality in operations and cash-flow optimization.